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Re: [MH-list] Maplin Offers

Reg <lists.reg@...>
 

On 21 October 2011 07:40, ErnB <ernb@supanet.com> wrote:

I was in Maplin yesterday, and they had a lot of MH gizmos on offer.
A range of jump starter power packs. This one has USB power sockets: -
http://tinyurl.com/5wcc9lh but no inverter. So look here for variations: -
Thanks Ern, waiting for delivery.

Reg


Re: [MH-list] Re: Maplin Offers + TT 7000

Reg <lists.reg@...>
 

On 21 October 2011 09:45, ErnB <ernb@supanet.com> wrote:

I am looking at updating/replacing my TT Go720. A new truck model is almost
twice that price and the upgrade on an SD card is almost as dear. TT do not
have iPad or Android versions as yet, but some of the android apps look
pretty good at first glance.
Beware of any smartphone GPS applications as many rely on an internet
connection to download maps for the current location. Very costly.

After returning from an eight week trip to France, I've been unwell so
have not had the chance to fully evaluate my GO 7000 motorhome/caravan
TT.

Basically it's a standard TT GO7000 Truck, with extra POI files from
one vendor. Those POIs are very poor.

There are many bugs in it. Such as the ability to change the icon for yourself.

Defaults to a blue arrow, which with a route, the road colour makes it
difficult to see the blue arrow with the turn arrows at a junction
being much clearer. Yes you can change the blue to yellow, but it
only works in 'car mode'. I was told by TT on the phone that TT has
no intention of changing this.

Options that you have changed to your personal preference, just reset
to default without warning - like low bridge warnings!.

If set to 'truck mode', it naturally keeps you off roads with red
circle signs with 3.5Kg, 7.5Kg and width greater than 2.0m. My MH can
use these roads and I don't want to go on detours!

There are many others.

It is OK if you are travelling to a known location, which both you and
the 7000 knows. But for a motorhome trip when you are just driving
anywhere, finding places nearby is almost impossible.

Reg


Re: [MH-list] Was Freezing Water Tanks - Now CCC Meets

David Scholes <scholesd@...>
 

On 22 Oct 2011, at 03:55, Paul Jackson wrote:

We use them all the time David. This year cos of the price of diseasel
we have stayed fairly local around Lancs and Cheshire.

Hi Paul,

We seem to be neighbours in Lancs and Cheshire, though we also go to some Yorkshire meets. We are also restricting ourselves to those within about an hours drive. So far we have been to Halsall, Fleetwood, St. Michaels and Ripon. Our next meet will probably be the one at Urmston, though it is dancing without the camping.

It can only be a matter of time before we bump into each other.
We are in a Hymer Starline 640, what are you driving?

David


Re: [MH-list] Freezing Water Tanks

David Scholes <scholesd@...>
 

On 22 Oct 2011, at 13:53, Iain Harrison wrote:

On 21/10/2011 23:11, David Scholes wrote:
I tried the Hymer one year but it was absolutely hopeless in the snow,
slid round 45 degrees in the first few yards of proper snow.
FWD, I assume. My Hymer is wonderful in snow: even on hard-packed snow I
couldn't really get it to lose enough adhesion to make the stability
control system cut in. It happily pulled away up a hill covered in sheet
ice that pedestrians were sliding over on.

But that seems to be par for the course for twin-wheel RWD.

--
Iain.

No actually, it's a Starline 640 , Merc base with RWD but only 2 drive wheels on a single axle. The snow in my case was about 6 inches deep over an icy/mushy base but flat.

David


Re: [MH-list] Freezing Water Tanks

Iain Harrison
 

On 21/10/2011 23:11, David Scholes wrote:
I tried the Hymer one year but it was absolutely hopeless in the snow,
slid round 45 degrees in the first few yards of proper snow.
FWD, I assume. My Hymer is wonderful in snow: even on hard-packed snow I couldn't really get it to lose enough adhesion to make the stability control system cut in. It happily pulled away up a hill covered in sheet ice that pedestrians were sliding over on.

But that seems to be par for the course for twin-wheel RWD.

--
Iain


Re: [MH-list] Android market

Iain Harrison
 

On 21/10/2011 19:45, ErnB wrote:
On 21/10/11 18:47, "Carol Weaver" <corconx@gmail.com
<mailto:corconx%40gmail.com>> wrote:

> What is wrong with gmailit is great and spam goes where it should. Best
> thing I did when one had to receive an invite to join

What I do not like, Carol, is that Google analyses my posts and builds a
profile of me, which it uses to target adverts in the Google pages I access
and they also sell it on to others.

There are enough files and dossiers and profiles on me already.

So, it may not make a difference, but it's the principle.
I use adblock plus - never see any google ads.


--
Iain


Re: [MH-list] MOT

Elwyn <yahoo-groups@...>
 

On 20/10/2011 21:46, ErnB wrote:
Exhaust welded up on Monday.

All of the lights worked and were ticked off before the examiner found a
mess of corroded wires hanging out of a lidless box. He waggled them and
bits dropped off, but unbeknown to him,he had put all the rear nearside
lights out of action.
It's a bugger when that happens :( At least he found it for you :)

It is much better doing it in a garage/workshop than up to your ears in a wet field or snow whilst the rest of your body is freezing up but you've got to get it sorted.... :o

BTDTGTTS but It's worn away from use :o

Elwyn


[MH-list] Re: Turkish Toll Highways & Bridges

David
 

OK, so I said,


-----Original Message-----
From: motorhome-list@yahoogroups.co.uk
...Can recommend travelling to Turkey so many places to visit both en route and on arrival"
Well, we left Turkey on Sunday last and drove quickly (ok, quickly for us) to Igoumenitsa arriving on the Tuesday to find the Greeks are revolting and there will be no ferries until Monday or maybe even Tuesday.

So, yep, we are now incarcerated at Igoumenitsa and I will try to add a photo album to show how terrible this is.

We are on a site about 3 miles outside the town (Kalami Beach for those who know it) which is pretty fullish.

Now, some of you might think, "lucky so and so's" but can you imagine being stuck here? Yep, reckon we are those "lucky so and so's".

Hey ho, it's a tough old world. So you just get your fingers crossed for the weather holding and a quiet crossing to Italy - eventually, but not too soon you understand.

It would be interesting (well, to me) to hear from any others who may be stuck 'cos of the ferries.

David


Re: [MH-list] Was Freezing Water Tanks - Now CCC Meets

pj_home
 

On 21/10/2011 23:11, David Scholes wrote:


Different subject. Because of the high price of France last spring, we
started going to some CCC meets. Never done it before, but it has been
fun, especially the country dancing ones. Does anybody else frequent these?

David
We use them all the time David. This year cos of the price of diseasel we have stayed fairly local around Lancs and Cheshire. We have only been to our own DAs meets once in 4 years but get out to lots of others at least once per fortnight as I work alternate weekends. As you say they are usually very friendly meetings and often in very nice places. No hook up showers or loos at the sites normally but I have all that in my van so I dont care and its not a problem lasting fri to sun or even thur to mon for some of them. There is always fresh water and somewhere to empty the loo. The cost is usually around a fiver a night so no complaints there. We have been with the folk dancing group several times over the last few years, the last one was at Manorafon Farm Abergele in the summer when we pushed the boat out and went to Wales for a long weekend. The temporary holiday sites run by the club are also worth looking at, again very inexpensive but often in very good places. I would recommend either for a good time. Lots of people that havnt tried them think they will be too hi de hi or regimented but they are not like that at all. If you go to a specialised meet you are never pressured to take part, you can take it or leave it. We were once left guarding the rally camp site when the stewards went off with the rest of the group dancing in a nearby hall as we were staying at the van for a bbq. Some DAs run meets right thru the year, the Motor Caravan Sections usually pick venues with some hardstanding or good firm ground. We will be out next weekend if all goes to plan and we have about 4 localish places to choose from, none are more than 30 miles away. If I wasnt working this weekend I would be at one right now.


Paul


Re: [MH-list] Android market

Elwyn <yahoo-groups@...>
 

On 21/10/2011 19:47, ErnB wrote:
(Hangs garlic on screen.)
[Offers gaffer tape to hold it on] :)


Re: [MH-list] Android market

Elwyn <yahoo-groups@...>
 

On 21/10/2011 20:18, ErnB wrote:
On 21/10/11 19:51, "Elwyn"<yahoo-groups@elwyn.org.uk> wrote:

As an owner of an Android phone, there are plenty of programs out there
to help.
I have a T-Mobile contract that gives me unlimited internet for 15 a month
when I am in the UK. So one of Jenny's tablets would allow me to browse and
email without limit. If I can get the equal or better than mt TT Go for
another 30Eu, I am in the 5 seats.
Yep, I've got that sort of contract too. I've got a Motorola Defy handset.

Remember Memory Map for the PC and Windows-mobile 'phones as well as the
iphone? You can get some software called 'mm tracker' that read those
map tile files and export the tracklogs to GPX format for Google Earth
to read.
As you say, very handy.

Ulysee Speedo. Regular speedo but put it on your dash and it'll give you
HUD at night time of your speed. However, there are lots of people that
don't like driving at night. A lot seem to be older people but I won't
infer much else as I might get lynched ;)
I will be 79 next month and I love driving at night. All the nutters are
passed out in bed and driving is far more relaxed. And less traffic means
that I can drive for maximum economy.
Congratulations! Happy Birthday :)

Not sure how well the pro version of the Ulysee goes but the free one does the 'HUD' function very well. Just stick it on charge and on your dash somewhere and the white text and black background mean that the words float in your field of view as you're driving along.

GPS Status is quite helpful if you think the satellites are ignoring you ;)
Is that the one that tells me where I am and my elevation? I use that to
update my weather machine for a more accurate forecast.
Yes, that sounds like it :)

For example, I often have Data switched off during the day unless I need it.
Best that way ;)
Essential when abroad.
Battery Monitor is quite handy, especially the widget that can tell you such things as battery temperature, power usage etc. Use side by site with Watchdog Lite to keep your phone using as little as it needs too ;)

I've also got a widget on the screen to reset the brightness level in 25 percent increments or 'auto'. Some programs play silly buggers with those controls. Nice to over-rule them! ;)

The Barometer is called 'Elcont Barometer' according to the widget for it.

"Advanced Mobile Data Switch" can allow you to turn it on/off and when you connect it tells you to which service and part thereof.

"Signal Strength Widget" and it tells you the -db figure too, helps you to understand it a bit better with the pretty pictures ;)

There are tools like ElectroDroid for those people who want to know
technical things then forget the formulas ;)
I'll take two, please.
I think it's free :)

So. A whole bunch of tools. Some are bought and others are free, but
I've not spent that much on software. An awful lot is free ;)
Elwyn, my temptation factor meter is almost off of the scale.
Most are free. That is the best thing about them, you can try and if you don't like them, delete them. I tend to grab my applications via wifi rather than use 3G. I've also got 'data saver' switched on so most stuff comes down over wifi when I'm in range of a recognised network rather than 3G which is not part of the 'free unlimited' part.

Cheers

Elwyn


Re: [MH-list] Freezing Water Tanks

David Scholes <scholesd@...>
 

On 21 Oct 2011, at 22:36, ErnB wrote:

Also, many councils are recruiting volunteer snow wardens to clear local
roads. Like here in Gloucs: - http://tinyurl.com/5vco6ej
--
ErnB
Last two years I have had to pay for a JCB to dig me out. And that is for my car which is 4 wheel drive. I tried the Hymer one year but it was absolutely hopeless in the snow, slid round 45 degrees in the first few yards of proper snow.

It's funny the way the weather has gone. 25 years ago we used to have 12 ft drifts. Then it all went almost snowless for a long time until 2 years ago when we started getting 5 ft drifts (dry stone wall height). The council no longer clear the snow after the pub, and only to there because it is next to an old burial ground which, apparently is a priority. That is a half mile away and it is drifts all the way.

This year is another lottery.

Different subject. Because of the high price of France last spring, we started going to some CCC meets. Never done it before, but it has been fun, especially the country dancing ones. Does anybody else frequent these?

David


Re: [MH-list] Freezing Water Tanks

ErnB <ernb@...>
 

On 21/10/11 21:05, "David Scholes" <scholesd@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

At that altitude, I assume it was in summer ;-)
And according to a piece on BBC today, forecasters are predicting another
very cold winter this year, and many councils have taken on large stocks of
gritting salt.

Also, many councils are recruiting volunteer snow wardens to clear local
roads. Like here in Gloucs: - http://tinyurl.com/5vco6ej
--
ErnB
Fonero
Bristol


Re: [MH-list] Re: Gps iPad/iphone

ErnB <ernb@...>
 

On 21/10/11 21:46, "Carol Weaver" <corconx@gmail.com> wrote:

Simon I have agarmIn but apps generally update for free. I have never paid
for an update
Same with TomTom, Carol, but not for the maps. They want £80 for the latest
W European maps. Not so for Sygic. See here: -

http://www.sygic.com/en/iphone

Map updates are are free, and some of the other features are enticing. Like
the warning of speed limit change, traffic updates and re-routing. (When
on-line.) Plus it will accept POIs from any source.

And all for £26 or so.
--
ErnB
Fonero
Bristol


Re: Gps iPad/iphone

Carol Weaver
 

Simon I have agarmIn but apps generally update for free. I have never paid
for an update

Carol

On Friday, 21 October 2011, Whitehead, Simon <s.whitehead@colleton.org>
wrote:


Finally, all the TomTom variants have appeared on my iPad App store. Odd
that. I wonder why they didn't appear earlier.
I would still like an answer to the question about updates: Are they
offered for free or do we have to pay for them?

s.whitehead@iee.org


Re: [MH-list] Freezing Water Tanks

David Scholes <scholesd@...>
 

On 21 Oct 2011, at 17:14, Bennett wrote:

Martin
PS It was very cold & blizzard conditions at high altitude - Pas de la
Casa (6,765 ft)..
--
Bennett
At that altitude, I assume it was in summer ;-)

David


Re: [MH-list] Gps iPad/iphone

ErnB <ernb@...>
 

On 21/10/11 20:53, "Whitehead, Simon" <s.whitehead@colleton.org> wrote:

I would still like an answer to the question about updates: Are they offered
for free or do we have to pay for them?
About as obtuse as the energy marketeers.

It really is too much.
--
ErnB
Fonero
Bristol


Driving in India

ErnB <ernb@...>
 

Who was telling about driving in India?

I have just watched some on Channel Five. (Ice Road Truckers.) They are
bloody insane. They were driving up into the Himalayas along the "Freefall
Freeway" out of Delhi. You should see them and the piles of wreckage along
the side. I'd rather do Bruxelles wearing a blindfold.

Mind you, it explains some of the driving in Bristol. Especially the taxi
drivers.

For example, I was recently overtaken on our roundabout by two taxis. The
one that overtook me on the offside, cut off left across me at well over
40mph and just missed the taxi that was overtaking me in the nearside. I am
talking millimetres. As I followed the latter into this block of flats it
had met the other taxi head on. He had arrived via the other entrance.

The drivers, both Indian, then started to argue over the fare. A third taxi
with an Arab driver then arrived. It was his call. The first two were
freelancing and had intercepted his controller's radio message. But they
wouldn't tangle with the Arab. He gave them the eye, and they left quietly.
--
ErnB
Fonero
Bristol


Re: [MH-list] Gps iPad/iphone

Simon Whitehead
 

Finally, all the TomTom variants have appeared on my iPad App store. Odd that. I wonder why they didn't appear earlier.
I would still like an answer to the question about updates: Are they offered for free or do we have to pay for them?

s.whitehead@iee.org


Re: [MH-list] Android market

ErnB <ernb@...>
 

On 21/10/11 19:51, "Elwyn" <yahoo-groups@elwyn.org.uk> wrote:

As an owner of an Android phone, there are plenty of programs out there
to help.
I have a T-Mobile contract that gives me unlimited internet for £15 a month
when I am in the UK. So one of Jenny's tablets would allow me to browse and
email without limit. If I can get the equal or better than mt TT Go for
another 30Eu, I am in the £5 seats.

Remember Memory Map for the PC and Windows-mobile 'phones as well as the
iphone? You can get some software called 'mm tracker' that read those
map tile files and export the tracklogs to GPX format for Google Earth
to read.
As you say, very handy.

Ulysee Speedo. Regular speedo but put it on your dash and it'll give you
HUD at night time of your speed. However, there are lots of people that
don't like driving at night. A lot seem to be older people but I won't
infer much else as I might get lynched ;)
I will be 79 next month and I love driving at night. All the nutters are
passed out in bed and driving is far more relaxed. And less traffic means
that I can drive for maximum economy.

GPS Status is quite helpful if you think the satellites are ignoring you ;)
Is that the one that tells me where I am and my elevation? I use that to
update my weather machine for a more accurate forecast.

Tapatalk if you access web forums on your tablet/phone. There are also a
bunch of wireless tools to share wifi or browse SMB systems and the like.

Theoretically I can browse my home network of folders/machines with my
phone over wireless (I just haven't gotten around to getting Dads Laptop
to see and access his home PC on the same network. Grr W7 :o)

For traffic information there is 'UK Traffic' and 'RAC Traffic'. I think
there are others but it's a matter of finding what is best for you.
Sygic includes Traffic, but I could only use it in UK. TT want annual subs.

There is a MacD app too. Helpful to tell you where the nearest free WiFi
is ;)
Always handy.

AlamDroid is quite good as an alarm clock with lots of settings. I've
got about 8 setup. 6 to rouse me at stupid o'clock in the morning to get
me to work and 2 spares...
My stricture is far more efficient and doesn't disturb the neighbours.

For example, I often have Data switched off during the day unless I need it.
Best that way ;)
Essential when abroad.

There are tools like ElectroDroid for those people who want to know
technical things then forget the formulas ;)
I'll take two, please.

So. A whole bunch of tools. Some are bought and others are free, but
I've not spent that much on software. An awful lot is free ;)
Elwyn, my temptation factor meter is almost off of the scale.
--
ErnB
Fonero
Bristol

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